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Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Philharmonic’s home on Symphony Circle is getting a comprehensive makeover. Managers at Kleinhans Music Hall will soon unveil major renovations, all part of a 75th anniversary celebration.

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The people of Nepal are still recovering from the April earthquake which claimed thousands of lives and left hundred of thousands homeless. Other harsh realities were unearthed. "There was a lot of bad construction practices," said UB's Andreas Stavridis, who toured Nepal in June.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing millions of dollars on improving the state's response to natural disasters, whether it's a hurricane sweeping through eastern New York or a lake effect snow storm battering Buffalo. His second-in-command, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, says it will be money well spent.

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Buried in the $140 billion state budget is a relatively tiny line item for $14 million for capital construction aid for local libraries. The funding is being put to use at libraries throughout the region.

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The new bronze sculpture "Eden" near Elmwood and Bidwell is reinforcing the image of the Elmwood Village as a neighborhood with a strong cultural base.

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Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be  federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.

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There has been an unusual focus on upstate New York among top state politicians from the downstate area in recent weeks. 

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Senator Tim Kennedy celebrated National Senior Citizens Day on Friday with a visit to the Meals On Wheels site in Cheektowaga.

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Two Orleans County residents are dead and a third injured after an overnight car accident.

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Rochester Police are reporting that they have identified the body of a man who was found at the base of the Lower Falls in the Genesee River.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Buffalo on Friday in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day.

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An early morning roll over accident this morning has injured two people.

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The date has been set for the auctioning of One Seneca Tower.

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Buffalo and Erie County’s Central Library is putting itself on the map as part of the up-and-coming downtown scene.

Schumer holding free lottery for tickets to Papal visit

Aug 22, 2015
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Senator Charles Schumer will be in the audience when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington next month. He's giving New Yorkers a chance to win his guest ticket, or a place on the Mall, when the Holy See comes to the U.S. next month.

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Alternative dispute resolution is a way to avoid those struggles in a courtroom and sometimes the bad feelings which follow. Attorney Bridget O'Connell works in alternative dispute resolution in Family Court, helping families ease the stress of the aftermaths of divorce.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated National Senior Citizens Day with a visit to some of the area’s older residents.

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Lovejoy District residents are being credited for their help in a six-month long investigation by Buffalo Police. The investigation culminated in a ten-day raid, a string of arrests, and the seizure of large amounts of drugs and guns.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians officially opened the new "Gateway to the Western Door" on their Cattaraugus Territory in Irving Friday.

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Residents of one Buffalo neighborhood can now see a sign planted in front of a house that has been sitting idly since a bank began foreclosure proceedings in 2010. That sign represents the first of many that activists plan to place in a "shame campaign" against the banks that hold foreclosed houses in limbo.

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The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a 3-year-old boy in Delaware Park this spring will not be prosecuted for a crime, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

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A birthday celebration was held Thursday to celebrate the father-son team who designed Kleinhans Music Hall 75 years ago. The Saairnens were born August 20, 37 years apart.

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Masten District voters are dealing with an unusual race in which three people and a write-in candidate are vying for a vacant seat.

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A new school year is starting soon, and education officials say they will try to reverse a growing movement of parents having their children opt out of standardized tests.  The boycott could jeopardize a new system of teacher evaluations.

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There are several closings in Buffalo as the summer wanes, but The Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake continues well into the fall.

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Councilmember David Franczyk was flanked by his two opponents Thursday night during a debate over the Council's Fillmore District seat. The two challengers agreed on one thing: the incumbent has to go.

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The family of Jay J. Bolvin wants the public to be aware that his father has been released from prison, highlighting Jeremy Bolvin's criminal past which includes two convictions for savagely beating babies. 

Buffalo Police welcome Georgie to K9 ranks

Aug 21, 2015
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She's the newest member of the Buffalo Police Department and she comes with four legs.

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Erie County Social Services workers may find out Friday if some will be back in their regular offices next week after a sprinkler blew on Monday and flooded part of the Hens & Kelly building on Main Street.

Andre Jenkins

A Niagara County Court jury has found Florida biker Andre Jenkins guilty of the execution-style murder of two bikers in North Tonawanda last year.